WATCH: We profile Liverpool's destroyer - Borussia Dortmund wonder-kid Christian Pulisic

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Dortmund's Christian Pulisic had the Liverpool defenders guessing.

All eyes in Charlotte for the clash between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup were meant to be on Jurgen Klopp’s big spenders, but instead it was a sometime-Reds target who stole the show – US wunderkind Christian Pulisic.

The 19-year=old, who Klopp has often spoke of in glowing admiration, only came on at half-time but he tore the Merseysiders to shreds in a 27-minute spell beginning in the 66th minute where he first won and then converted a penalty, before he struck a thunderbolt passed a prone Loris Karius.

Pulisic then set up Dortmund’s third goal with a fierce strike pointlessly parried by the hapless Reds custodian straight to Jacob Bruun Larsen.

We take a closer look at the Dortmund star who just put a few more zeroes on his asking price.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius slams critics as Iker Casillas passionately defends him

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Loris Karius has responded to his critics after making yet another error in Liverpool‘s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup.

The German fumbled Christian Pulisic’s shot in stoppage time which led to Jacob Bruun scoring Dortmund’s third goal of the game.

Karius’ performances have come under scrutiny ever since the Champions League final against Real Madrid where he made two major errors that led to the Reds’ 3-1 loss.

He lashed out to his ‘haters’ in an Instagram story, saying: “To those who take joy in seeing other people fail or suffer, I feel for you.

“Whatever it is that is happening in your life to hold this much anger and hate, I pray that it passes and good things come to you.”

And while Jurgen Klopp might have to the 25-year old’s rescue quite a few times now, it was former Los Blancos and Spain’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas who leapt to Karius’ defence after the pre-season game.

“This attack on Loris Karius, will it ever end? I’m talking about him like so many other goalkeepers,” Casillas wrote on Twitter.

“There are many more serious problems in the world… f***!

“Leave the kid alone. He is also a person. As we all are!” 

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Klopp gives Matip injury update after defender limps out of Borussia Dortmund defeat

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Injury scare: Joel Matip.

Joel Matip’s injury during Liverpool‘s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund was the “most negative thing about the day” in Jurgen Klopp’s eyes.

The defender limped off 22 minutes into the pre-season friendly, three games after returning to play following surgery on an injury that cut short his 2017/18 season.

Klopp said the source of pain on Sunday was a different complaint that appeared to be a small muscle tear, although the extent of any damage had not been confirmed.

“It’s not the same injury. It’s another muscle – it looks like, hopefully, only a little tear,” the manager told liverpoolfc.com at a post-match press conference.

“We will see, but we cannot say anymore about it now. It is of course the most negative thing about the day. It’s not cool. Things like this can happen, but you don’t want them to.

“Maybe tomorrow or the day after tomorrow we will know more, but in this moment we only know that it was too painful for him to carry on.”

Matip’s last appearance of 2017/18 came in March, with the Cameroon centre-back sustaining a thigh injury against Crystal Palace and subsequently undergoing an operation.

He made his return to action in Liverpool’s 0-0 friendly against Bury on July 14 and started again against Blackburn Rovers, which the Reds won 2-0.

Liverpool took the lead three minutes after Matip was replaced by Joseph Gomez during the International Champions Cup tie at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday.

Virgil van Dijk pulled off a magnificent header from the edge of the six-yard box, supplied by Andrew Robertson following a short corner by Rafael Camacho.

Dortmund levelled up in the 66th, Christian Pulisic scoring from a penalty conceded by James Milner with a foul.

The sides looked to be heading for penalties until the 89th minute when Pulisic struck again following a counterattack.

Three minutes into injury time and the Bundesliga side snatched their third, this time off the right foot of Jacob Bruun Larsen at point-blank range.

“On a day like this, you have to stay strong and show desire still or kind of greed that you at least want to keep the result at 1-1,” Klopp said.

“We have to learn from it, that’s how it is, and then we have to go again.”

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 22: Jurgen Klopp Liverpool coach on the sidelines against Borussia Dortmund during an International Champions Cup match at Bank of America Stadium on July 22, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Bob Leverone/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp pictured on the sidelines at the Bank of America Stadium.

But the collapse can only have added to any doubts embattled keeper Loris Karius may have had about the future, especially in light of Liverpool’s world record purchase of Roma stopper Alisson last week.

In a shot at critics, Karius posted a message via an Instagram story after the game that read: “To those who take joy in seeing other people fail or suffer, I feel for you.

“Whatever it is that’s happening in your life to hold this much anger and hate, I pray that it passes and good things come to you.”

Liverpool’s next pre-season friendly is against Manchester City at the Metlife Stadium in New York on Wednesday.

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